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qÜeen

Junior Member
What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state? CA

I was pregnant with my first baby. I asked the doctor and we agreed that I would receive an epidural as soon as I asked for it. The labor day came and I happily went to the hospital. I received the epidural and it took a long time and about 3 or 4 applications to really work well. I was very happy and excited. Then there was a nurse shift. The dumb lady turned the epidural off without telling me or my doctor or the anesthesiologist. She just turned the thing off!! :mad: I started having pains again and I asked her why was I having pain and she just said that the epidural was OFF!! I asked her to turn it back on and then she said she would. The epidural never worked again and I was in hell. I had so much pain that I couldn't see or hear anything and I thought I was going to die. All because the stupid woman turned the epidural off!! How dare she take control of my moment like that? I couldn't enjoy the birthing experience, I just cried and cried for hours before during and after my baby's birth. I just couldn't stop crying. I was soooooo MAD!!!!!!! I am still sssoooo MAD!!! That was MY moment and she didn't have the right to do that.
It happened in April and I am still waiting to take action because I don't want people to think that I am having baby blues or something like that.
But I want vingeance. I want to let that woman and that hospital know that what happened was not okay.
Can I sue? What should I do?
 


rmet4nzkx

Senior Member
qÜeen said:
What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state? CA

I was pregnant with my first baby. I asked the doctor and we agreed that I would receive an epidural as soon as I asked for it. The labor day came and I happily went to the hospital. I received the epidural and it took a long time and about 3 or 4 applications to really work well. I was very happy and excited. Then there was a nurse shift. The dumb lady turned the epidural off without telling me or my doctor or the anesthesiologist. She just turned the thing off!! :mad: I started having pains again and I asked her why was I having pain and she just said that the epidural was OFF!! I asked her to turn it back on and then she said she would. The epidural never worked again and I was in hell. I had so much pain that I couldn't see or hear anything and I thought I was going to die. All because the stupid woman turned the epidural off!! How dare she take control of my moment like that? I couldn't enjoy the birthing experience, I just cried and cried for hours before during and after my baby's birth. I just couldn't stop crying. I was soooooo MAD!!!!!!! I am still sssoooo MAD!!! That was MY moment and she didn't have the right to do that.
It happened in April and I am still waiting to take action because I don't want people to think that I am having baby blues or something like that.
But I want vingeance. I want to let that woman and that hospital know that what happened was not okay.
Can I sue? What should I do?
Sorry Queenie, no case.
An Epidural given too soon will inhibit normal progress of labor and put you and your child at risk for complications, one of which is the need for repeated refills because of delayed labor. Where ever did you get the idea that birth was a painless experience or one for a DIVA? Perhaps she was following a protocol, I suspect she was. Did you take any childbirth classes at all? Did you understand anything about birthing babies before your attempted to get pregnant?

There was a time when you would have had a baby without any pain relief, every 2 years until you died from the complications of childbirth, count yourself lucky to have a healthy baby. Seriously reconsider future pregnancies and use birth control.
 

qÜeen

Junior Member
The pregnancy very well planned and I am not a cave woman

The pregnancy was very well planned. I took birth classes and the epidural was not given too early. It was actually a little later than usually... I am not a cave woman. I believe medications are available for good reasons. I have friends who had wonderful experieces with epidural and those who didn't want epidural and then had complications because their body got so tired that just stopped working.
 
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rmet4nzkx

Senior Member
qÜeen said:
The pregnancy was very well planned. I took birth classes and the epidural was not given too early. It was actually a little later than usually... I am not a cave woman. I believe medications are available for good reasons. I have friends who had wonderful experieces with epidural and those who didn't want epidural and then had complications because their body got so tired that just stopped working.
How many cm were you dialated?
You can't generalize different labor experiences any more than you can epidurals. All it takes is 2-3 good pushes once you are fully dialated to push the baby out without an epidural, longer with because you don't have as much feeling. If there is a problem, there would be a bigger problem with the epidural. If the body just gave up, there would have been a C section sooner with an epidural.
You still have no case.
 

qÜeen

Junior Member
2 or 3 good pushes?

Hey thank you for your answers... 2 or 3 good pushes? You make me laugh...If this is not a reason for suing at least I think I can remember this and laugh. It took me about 2 hours of god pushes there in pain. I was about 5 and half when I received the epidural (usually is at 4 cm)
My point is that the doctor and I agreed on something (the best for me) and suddenly this psycho woman who got some nursing degree online just did whatever SHE wanted whithout consulting the doctor or I. :mad:
 

rmet4nzkx

Senior Member
qÜeen said:
Hey thank you for your answers... 2 or 3 good pushes? You make me laugh...If this is not a reason for suing at least I think I can remember this and laugh. It took me about 2 hours of god pushes there in pain. I was about 5 and half when I received the epidural (usually is at 4 cm)
My point is that the doctor and I agreed on something (the best for me) and suddenly this psycho woman who got some nursing degree online just did whatever SHE wanted whithout consulting the doctor or I. :mad:
Being able to laugh is very good! I had two complicated births with both labors induced. I won't go into details, but any subsequent would require C section. The first was intended to be "natural" and was for the most part, that took 2 pushes to deliver. The second because of failure to dialate, reaction to drugs used to induce labor, dispite essentially constant contractions, required an epidural to stop labor so I could have a C section, it failed to stop labor or control pain even after 2 refills, I dialated to 10 cm and again delivered in 2 pushes, these babies were over 8 & 9 lbs.

No doctor can guarentee that you won't have any pain or that your labor will be uncomplicated with or without an epidural. The obstretic specialists such as the "nurse" are trained to provide the anasthesia and have more experience than your doctor. Even so, not getting a 4th refill of epidural or epidural failing to work is not malpractice, there are a number of considerations, but a successful and healthy birth is not malpractice, no matter how much pain or how long you pushed.

Here is an article about epidurals, looking at the complications anaylzing various controlled studies compaired to real life settings. But it is unrealistic to expect a "fairy tale" birthing experience without considerable preparation on a psychological basis. http://www.healing-arts.org/mehl-madrona/mmepidural.htm
 

qÜeen

Junior Member
Thanks...

Thank you for your answer ;) I will work my mind out to try to forgive and forget the psycho woman who turned the thing off without even telling me. I am happy my baby is sooo cute and healthy and we are still alive :cool: Bye dr. Phil :)
 

rmet4nzkx

Senior Member
Reframe your expectations, begin by not refering to the nurse as a "psycho", which may more appropriately describe your presentation while in labor. She was doing her job, appropriately and part of the reason you now have a bundle of joy to cuddle and no C section scar. Read that article re epidurals so you have more realistic expectations. Take Care.
 

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